Joy Road Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

1
FIETS
5.2 mi
DISTANCE
1,203 ft
GAINED
3.4 %
AVG. GRADE

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INTRO

Joy Road is a short, steep, rolling climb through the redwoods. This road is iconic in local road races and known as a 'nasty finish'. Climbing from the Bodega Highway you start with some steep sections, pot hole filled pavement, and dense, beautiful redwood forest. As it turns into rolling hills with a false top, you can take a quick breather as you descent past Taylor Road and have one last push to the top. Joy Road connection to Colman Valley which is another iconic Sonoma county climb and can take you to the coast or to Occidental. Be on the look out pot holes, and a few blind corners.

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Difficulty: Strenuous
2
Road
5
Traffic
4
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Apr 11, 2021
difficulty: Strenuous
scenery: 4
traffic: 5
road: 2
Apr 11, 2021
scenery: 4
traffic: 5
road: 2
This ride surprised me, as it's only rated a 1.2 FEITS. For me, the climb was strenuous. There is also a lot more to it, as this page only shows the first part of Joy Rd, which is the most difficult, except for the section just after Bittner Road. Taking it all the way up to the top, which is on Coleman Valley Road near Timber Lane, is the full climb and very enjoyable!
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Climb Summary

This climb is a nice cut-off from Bodega Hwy to Occidental or Coleman Valley Road and offers a nearly private, albeit brief, Sonoma County climb.  The first .75 miles off of Bodega Hwy are surrounded by pasture land and mild grade.  

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At approximately mile .75 the road pitches up for 4/10's of a mile to 11.8%.  A second pitch of  1/2 mile greets us at mile 1.6 and averages 10.4%.  Other than those two significant segments, the climb is mild and always quiet and scenic.

Roadway surface/Traffic:  The roadway is in moderately good condition with no shoulder (at points it is more of a wide single lane) but minimal traffic.